AAT Australia merges with Institute of Public Accountants

Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) merged with the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA), becoming a member of the global IPA Group. AAT was the longest standing association for bookkeepers in Australia, and the IPA is one of Australia's oldest representative accounting bodies, formed almost 100 years ago.

The merge came about following the realisation that both AAT and IPA shared a common interest in providing support to our members in accounting and bookkeeping fields, particularly in the areas of CPD and education.

Both organisations have a passion for helping small business. We are motivated to help our members look after their clients, thereby making a difference to the lives of small businesses.

Where to from here?

We understand that the merge of our two organisations may have been confusing, and that the value of membership may be unsure, but we hope to bridge the gap between accountants and accounting technicians. By doing so, we aim to create a connected ecosystem with a joint purpose of helping small business thrive.

This journey has been a long one, but at the end, we believe we will have a strong community of bookkeepers and accountants who can work together to form a team of advisers for their clients. This will create less stress and help everyone feel connected and not so alone.

What are my rights and obligations as an IPA member?

As an IPA member, your rights and obligations are set out in the IPA Constitution and By-Laws, and these can be found on the 'IPA Rules and Standards' webpage. On this webpage, you will find the IPA Pronouncements covering, Quality Review Program, Continued Professional Development and Administration of Member Compliance.

If you wish to find out more, or have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.